Improved Hardware Sustainment through Solid State Additive Manufacturing Development

NCMS Project #: 141054

Problem: Maintenance and sustainment of DoD hardware extends well beyond life extension of a platform or system however, with the most critical factor being force readiness.  This includes keeping a vehicle or part in service longer between maintenance intervals, but also includes reducing the time needed to perform the repair.

Benefit: The results of this initiative will be to greatly enhance DoD maintenance for aerospace and ground vehicles while at the same time developing the materials and systems which can be leveraged by private industry to enable repair of the commercial fleets of aerospace and ground vehicles.

Solution/Approach: Processes like Solid State Additive Manufacturing (SSAM) are being developed for maintenance and sustainment of critical and costly components.  This effort will address the current limitations of SSAM by expanding to a broader set of materials and developing the hardware needed to apply those materials to critical high cost items across industry.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Rapid, reliable and consistent production of sustainment and repair parts
  • Shortened supply chain lead time with increased requisition fulfillment
  • Reduction in on-hand inventory requirements
  • Reallocation of resources
  • Expand warfighter readiness

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Army Research Labs
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Army
  • U.S. Navy Air Command

Industry Participation:

  • VRC Metal Systems
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Repair turn-around time
  • Positive environmental impact
  • Safety
  • Improved readiness
  • Reliability improvement

Focus Area:

  • Advanced/additive manufacturing